One of the finest features that Taiwan has to offer is its abundance of natural beauty. Taiwan’s older name, Formosa, means “Beautiful Island” in Portuguese. From Turtle Island in the north, to KenTing in the south, Taiwan is covered in richly dense, sub-tropical vegetation, which creates wondrous scenery just about everywhere you travel.
Travel by Train – TEFL Taiwan
By North American standards, Taiwan is relatively small: 245 miles long and 89 miles wide. The size makes traveling around the island easy and convenient. With Taiwan’s excellent railroad system, it’s incredibly easy to circumnavigate the island and taste the different flavors of culture that Taiwan possesses. The High Speed Rail operates along the western side of the island, where the elevation is relatively stable, and jets people from Taipei to Kao Hsiung in less than two hours. Slower trains navigate the tunnel train tracks that transport people to the more mountainous and rugged east cost.
Travel Regions – TEFL Taiwan
Taiwan exhumes a unique persona with its precipitous cliffs and creeping vegetation. Taiwan’s mountainous regions are particularly steep because the Island juts out to an elevation of almost 13 thousand feet in a relatively short distance. There are hundreds of challenging hikes available to enthusiasts that will showcase Taiwan’s diverse wildlife. As a recreational backpacker from California, however, I must say that Taiwan does not provide nearly as many places to completely disappear in solitude for days on end. The island is simply too small and the population, too large. Many Taiwanese hikers whom I know will simply hike in the day and find a hostel to sleep in at night.
Many coastal cities offer excellent opportunities to delve into ocean-related activities, ranging from coral reef diving to tide pooling. Surfing is also incredibly popular in Taiwan; most rental shops offer lessons to beginners and a few offer surf tours that cater to the more advanced.
Be Kind to The Environment – TEFL Taiwan
Although Taiwan is a beautiful island, it is important to note that 23 million people inhabit it. It’s nigh impossible to host so many humans and not have some sort of negative environmental impact. The government of Taiwan, in more recent years, has paved roads to the more remote regions of the island. For example, it used to be that if one wanted to climb HeHuan Mountain, that person would have to do some mildly serious backpacking along treacherous trails for a couple of days. Now, one simply has to rent a car, drive to the trail-head near the top of the mountain, and undertake a short one hour climb to get to the summit. Consequentially, debris litters the mountaintops and trails along the way: plastic bottles, candy wrappers, discarded gloves, and my personal favorite, cigarette butts.
It pains me to witness the indifference of some people when it comes to the preservation of our beautiful planet. I felt disheartened after traveling to Ken Ting and seeing the tremendous amounts of litter drifting around Taiwan’s beautiful coral reefs, but after discussing these issues with locals, I came away with a modicum of hope knowing that at least a few people cared.